This Sunday we met a woman who’s great grandmother was a maid to Dr. Nye, who lived in the very large house which sat on 2 of the lots that the garden now grows on.

NYPL’s digital gallery has 2 pictures of this house, taken in 1934 and 1935:
Manhattan: 162nd Street (West)... Digital ID: 715709F. New York Public Library

Now the great granddaughter lives just down 162nd street from where her great grandmother worked, years ago.

She was a recent immigrant from Sweden. According to a recommendation letter written by Dr. Nye,  she was a good and sober worker.

Here’s an undated picture of the corner of 162nd and Amsterdam “before reconstruction” also from the NYPL Digital Library